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2018 Mauzac-Sauvignon, Domaine Vigné-Lourac

2018 Mauzac-Sauvignon, Domaine Vigné-Lourac
ref. LOUR180

Wine Varieties: (Unusually for The Daily Drinker, this wine is a blend of two varieties.)
Sauvignon Blanc - Well, it's Sauvignon Blanc, innit? Darling of the wine bars and ladies who lunch...and pretty much everyone else with a thirst on a hot day for that matter. The origins of Sauvignon Blanc are almost certainly Bordelais and from there it spread to the satellite appellations of that region and onwards to the Loire, where the most celebrated mono-varietal Sauvignons are cultivated: Pouilly-Fumé, Sancerre and their less well-known neighbours Reuiily, Quincy and Menetou-Salon. DNA analysis of Sauvignon Blanc has thrown up some fascinating tidbits. With Cabernet Franc it is a parent of Cabernet Sauvignon; it is probably related to both Traminer and Chenin Blanc. And its natural acidity is employed in Sémillon blends to counter that grape's propensity to flab. It has, of course, adapted very well to the New World, helped by clones that deal with its natural weaknesses: excessive vigour and susceptibility to fungal diseases.
Mauzac - A grape restricted to south-west France and the Languedoc, where it produces wines from dry to sweet and fully sparkling. When permitted to fully ripen it has an endearingly rustic character, giving up aromas and flavours of apple skin. It is the mainstay of Blanquette de Limoux, rumoured to be the first ever sparkling wine.

Wine Region: The Côtes du Tarn is an IGP - Indication Géographique Protégée - a system that replaced Vin de Pays. IGP wines cannot be inter-regional blends and there are stipulations about what grapes may be used and the size of yield permitted. Tarn is in south-west France just east of Toulouse.

Wine Producer: Alain Gayriel runs a sizeable co-operative but also produces a range of wines on his local estate, Vigné-Lourac. In both businesses there is a focus on quality that has captured market position for these wines.

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Style
Style:
Dry White - fruity
  Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Sauvignon Blanc
  Producer
Producer:
Domaine Vigné-Lourac
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
9°C
Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
12%
  Country
Country:
France
  Appellation
Appellation:
Côtes du Tarn IGP
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2021
Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
  Region
Region:
South-West France
  Colour
Colour:
Still White
  Food
Food:
  • Aperitif
  • Canapés
  • Cheese
  • Fish
  • Salads

wine tasting notesTasting Notes:

Looks clean and clear in the glass. Nose sees the Sauvignon coming through in its racy, crisp, herbal grassy aromas. There's good fruit on the palate: the breadth of the Mauzac, through which comes the zippiness of the SB. It's a nicely long thing and very easy to drink. And at 12% one can drink it in the sun without fear of falling over.

#3wordtastingnote: zippy, herbal, aromatic

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Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
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  Style
Style:
Dry White - fruity
Country
Country:
France
  Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
12%
Region
Region:
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  Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
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  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
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  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2020
Colour
Colour:
Still White
  Food
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